The World Was Crippled by the 1918 Spanish Flu


Steps for protection from the virus are taken by the Police in Seattle

It is shown in the photos how the world was brought to its knees by the flu pandemic in 1918. One third of the world’s population was affected by influenza pandemic in 1918 and lives of 50 million infected patients were claimed at least. Theatres, churches, schools and public meetings were closed in the United States of America due to virus. 675,000 people died in America in just a year. Virus, springing up from an avian strain, which is now called H1N1, was originally called the Spanish Flu. The terrors of one more pandemic have been sparked by the upsurge of novel coronavirus these days. The lethality of this 1918 influenza is shown in these images.

In recent times, this pandemic was worst of all. Death of 50 million infected patients at least occurred worldwide by the spread of the 1918 Influenza Virus. The cities were deserted and law enforcement agencies were forced to put a stop to public gatherings, shutdown schools, churches, theatres and even the funerals are banned in America. The H1N1 killed 675,00 Americans overall and it was named where it first appeared in Spain.  

Terror of one more pandemic was spread due to the new coronavirus. 51 countries with United States leading the number of deaths totaling worldwide of over 1.3 million people and over 54 million have been infected by it. This outbreak is currently an international public health pandemic until we find a vaccine.

The destruction of the pandemic and the way the world was brought down not too long ago by the Spanish Flu is shown by these photos.


Patients suffering influenza epidemic were cared for by the nurses in the middle of the canvas tents through curing outdoor in fresh air, Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1918.

No global accord exists with respect to the sources of the H1N1 virus, yet some have highlighted the pandemic start in the United States, China, or France.


A lot of people infected with the flu in the American army in a ward built for dealing with this 1918 flu located in Kansas are shown in this historical photo.

It was in 1918, in Fort Riley, Kansas, at an army camp, the first affirmed patient of influenza appeared in the United States. Thousands of people were sick in cantonments and 1100 soldiers were filed in hospitals after a fortnight. Death of 38 soldiers occurred then.


During the time of influenza pandemic of 1918, Red Cross America’s nurses volunteered to look after the sick people. a temporary hospital was created inside the Oakland Municipal Auditorium.

Originally, the first wave of flu was named “the 3-day fever” and was usually characterized as heavy cold. Even though it spread around the world in only a few weeks but it was dead before the beginning of fall.


An infected person’s body being carried away by the members of the Red Cross.

However, in the fall, a new flu wave emerged and, now, it had become notably deadlier. Killing its sufferers in only a few days, the virus took the world by storm. The Spanish flu symptoms were specifically terrifying. The victim’s face’s color starts changing to blue, beginning from ears due to the deprivation of oxygen. The victim’s lungs would fill with a blood type liquid till the victim’s asphyxiation and then death.


Picture showing patients and tents at a hospital built for emergency located in Brooklyn, in order to take care of the patients.

An average of 100 people died at an army camp by the first week of September. One of the camp’s doctor wrote that they had lost an overwhelming number of doctors and nurses.


The picture shows the members of Red Cross struggling to defend people against the Spanish flu in the US in 1918.

To study the characteristics of the unusual new disease, doctors worked with desperation. They were bewildered to know that this was just another type of influenza.


Warehouses that were made to keep the victims undergoing 1918 influenza isolated are shown in this image.

At that time, to control the disease from spreading any further, or to treat infections sprouting as a result of this virus, there were no vaccines or antibiotics present. So, the authorities turned towards non-medical ways including improved sanitation, isolation and quarantines.


Rules issued by the US Public Health Service to abate Spanish Flu.

Poster of public or civil Health Service of the US made the Americans aware of the precautions they should take for their protection and to prevent the disease from spreading.


This picture shows the Red Cross Motor-Corporation volunteers carrying patients on a stretcher into their ambulance. They have their masks on to stop the further spread of the disease. At Missouri in October 1918.  

Red Cross Demonstrations were held as professionals endeavored to handle the profuse number of sick people. 25 percent of Americans would become a victim of the flu and consequently, deaths of 675,000 would occur during the pandemic.


Food for an African-American family was brought by the Red Cross, who appeared late on sight and as a result, the mother died in North Carolina. 

In the times of pandemic, food to the sick families was also brought by The Red Cross.


A Red Cross nurse gathering water

Stunned by the count of infected patients, the time wasn’t on the side of the nurses and doctors, for all they could was to provide them comfort.


Red Cross nurses carrying stretchers

Claiming the lives of 195,000 people of America, the pandemic had touched its peak in October 1918. The conditions had become so dreadful that there was a shortage of coffins and for the prevention of the further escalation of virus, some cities put ban on the funerals.


A New York City mailman makes his rounds during the outbreak

Panicked cities started asking people to wear mask to prevent the frightening spread of virus. With the dead count of 851 people in a single day due to this flu, New York was badly affected.


Seattle Police protect themselves against the virus

To stop the flu from spreading, cities were isolated for weeks sometime as local government closed schools, theaters and churches.


A trolley conductor in Seattle refused to let passengers on without a mask

“Obey the laws, and wear the gauze, protect your jaws, from septic paws.” was one preventive slogan of the time that prompted the Americans.


A mask is worn by the typist even when working indoors in NYC.

Masks weren’t just for outdoor is shown by this typist. It had been advised by the authorities to wear masks all the time. Despite all precautions, in just a year, in average, the life span of the US civilians was decreased by 12 years due to flu pandemic.